On of Ireland’s foremost ultra runners, Ennis man Keith Whyte has landed his sixth green vest with the announcement of his inclusion on the Irish team for the upcoming European 100k Championships to be held in Belves in France at the end of the month.

Keith will be hoping to maintain his high standards with this latest onslaught. Speaking this week, Keith says this will be particularly challenging due to the heat and the course layout. “I started training for this event last December with the hope of being selected and the last four months training have been fully geared towards this race. Most major ultra distance championship events are staged on a short course with multiple laps (eg. 10 x 10k ),however this particular race will be one big 100k lap.”

“The support team will play a vital role here given the logistics of the course and a lot of emphasis will be placed around adequate re-fuelling during the race and given temperatures will be somewhat warmer in the south of france this time of year than what we are used over in this part of the world, it will be very important to keep an eye on hydration levels throughout the race.”

Watch this space for results on Keith’s progress.

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A native of Ennis, Ronan Judge completed his Journalism and Communications Diploma course at Griffith College. The Clare People is his first newspaper appointment. Contact Ronan on [email protected]

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